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RELI 2355/3354 The New Testament

Suggested strategies and sources for finding commentaries and other critical works on New Testament texts.

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and One-Volume Commentaries

The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible  REF BS440 .N445 2006

Anchor Bible Dictionary   REF BS 440 A54 1992

Both of these dictionaries will frequently have quite detailed articles on key texts, themes, names, etc., as well as brief bibliographies of important scholarly studies on the topics. Perspectives of the authors vary, but tend to fall into more "mainline church"/liberal to middle of the road views.

The Westminster Theological Wordbook of the Bible  REF BS 543 W47 2003

The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary   REF  BS440 .H235 1996

The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary  REF  BS440 .G7613 1987

The Oxford Guide to People & Places of the Bible   REF  BS570 .O94 2001  

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible (online)

Overviews of authorship, canonicity, historical context, literary structure, and more; useful bibliographies included. (Note that the LS--LinkSource--button under each bibliographic entry will work only for journal articles, not books; search our catalog for books that look valuable for your research.)


Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels REF BS 2555.2 D53 2013

The IVP Bible Background Commentary : New Testament REF BS2341.2 .K445 1993

Dictionary of Paul and His Letters 1993  (ebook)

These three reference titles are published by InterVarsity Press and generally reflect an evangelical Protestant perspective.

Fortress Commentary on the Bible (2014) (online) 

E-book version of a recent two-volume Bible commentary with contributions from 75 major scholars.

The New Interpreter's Bible  REF BS 491.2 N484 1994 (12 vols.)


The New Jerome Biblical Commentary  REF BS 491.2 J47 1990

Women's Bible Commentary  REF BS 491.2 W66 1998

Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible  REF 491.3 E37 2003

The Oxford Bible Commentary  REF BS 491.3 O94 2001

Four examples of one-volume commentaries; not as much depth as entire books, but useful for a quick overview of a section of text.

The NRSV Concordance Unabridged   REF BS425 .K645 1991

A more thorough way to look up each occurrence of a word that is used in this particular English translation of the Bible, helping you to locate pertinent texts and observe a range of the word's uses.


Encyclopedia of Early Christianity  REF  BR162.2 .E53 1990


Encyclopaedia Judaica

Coverage of Jewish history and culture since the Second Temple period, thus providing a useful and different perspective on people, places, and ideas of the early Christian era.


Encyclopedia of Religion REF BL 31 E46 2005 or online here

15 volumes; be sure to use the index volume to find all relevant articles, if you're using the print, or look at the other index entries at the end of each article, if you're using the online version.